7 Objects Aging Adults Might Find at a Summer Garage Sale

By Matt Rogers, 9:00 am on

A garage sale can be a gold mine for seniors, where merchandise typically sells for a fraction of original cost. Here are a few items that may light up your senior loved one’s day.

1. Books

Reading is a preferred pastime for many seniors, and it helps slow cognitive decline. Reading books can also reduce stress and boost problem-solving skills, vocabulary, and analytical thinking.

Used books often sell for $1 or $2. A cookbook is a great gift for a senior who enjoys preparing meals. You may also find a coffee table book for the living room. Popular topics are art, birds, cities, and movie stars. 

Used books often have musty odors, which can be removed with baking soda. Sprinkle the powder on a few pages and the front and back covers of a book, then seal it in a bag. After a week, shake the soda from the book and the musty smell should be gone.

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2. Kitchen Equipment

Seniors who love preserving foods should look for canning jars. Missing lids can be salvaged by purchasing jar covers online. Your loved one will also likely treasure porcelain dinnerware and wicker baskets.

Manual kitchen tools are handy during power outages. A high-quality grain mill sells for at least $300 brand new. Your loved one may find a used mill in good condition, costing considerably less. Other important gadgets worth buying include an egg beater, flour sifter, timer, and can opener. 

3. Hand Tools

Some seniors like to do home repairs and tinker with tools. Garden sales may offer low-priced saws, levels, planes, ratchets, sockets, hedge clippers, and pruning shears. Don’t shy away from a little rust since it can be removed with fine steel wool. Give the tool a coat of mineral oil to prevent further rusting.

4. Picture Frames

Family members are precious to seniors, and seeing framed pictures of them around the home is comforting. Frames can also be repurposed as serving trays and bulletin boards. Revitalize old wood with a wax rubdown or coat of paint. Frames in top condition can even be regifted. High-quality wood frames are held together with nails or ridged metal on the back, rather than glue. 

5. Board Games

Playing board games has many benefits for seniors. Among them are increased problem-solving and recall abilities, which slows cognitive decline. In this regard, chess, checkers, and Monopoly are ideal.

Interacting with other players boosts endorphin hormones, elevating mood. Speedy responses quicken reflexes. Dexterity and coordination are enhanced by handling game pieces.

In addition to the three games mentioned above, look for Scrabble, Clue, Backgammon, Balderdash, and Risk. 

Playing board games can boost mental health and help seniors reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Seniors with Alzheimer’s have much to gain when their families opt for professional Alzheimer’s care. Pembroke Pines, FL, families can rely on compassionate and dedicated caregivers to help their elderly loved ones manage the various challenges of Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy a higher quality of life.   

6. Craft Supplies

Some seniors are skilled in crafts, and yard sales are a bountiful source of supplies. Craft items seniors will likely find at garage sales include yarn, ribbon, and beads. Seniors who make scrapbooks should look for patterned paper, cardstock, scissors, glue, rubber stamps, felt, stickers, and paper punches. Similarly, seniors who enjoy sewing may find fabric, thread, elastic, buttons, and zippers. Older adults gifted in floral arranging may spot silk flowers, and artists should be on the lookout for canvas, paint, and markers.

7. Jewelry

Sterling silver pieces are identified by STER, STERLING, .925, .900, or .800. For example, a number designation of .925 indicates that the item is 92.5 percent silver. Pure silver is signified by .999.

Gold is marked with a code or the number of karats. The code reveals the percentage of pure gold. For example, a bracelet marked “585” is 14 karats (K), with 58.5 percent gold. Here are codes and their corresponding karats:

333 = 8 K
416 or 417 = 10K
583 or 585 = 14K
750 = 18K
916 = 22K
999 = 24K

Seniors are likely to find jewelry and other accessories at garage sales. Since inscriptions on gold items are tiny, your loved one should bring a handheld magnifier used by jewelers, called a loupe. Inexpensive loupes can be found online. 

Even if a ring is missing stones, a lovely band can be fitted with new gems. Tarnished silver can regain its luster after polishing it with baking soda and warm water.

Older adults may need assistance attending outdoor events, including garage sales, or managing daily tasks. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Pembroke Pines, FL, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your elderly loved one, call Home Care Assistance at (954) 374-8273 today.

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